Annamária Kránicz from Budapest, Hungary arrived to Washington this fall and will spend 3 months at Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). With HIF’s support, the Hungarian American Coalition’s Internship Program will be hosting eight interns in 2018 to provide first-hand experience at various Washington-based institutions. Internship participants are also expected to complete a Coalition research project that enables them to become familiar with the Hungarian-American community.
Annamária’s host institution is the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a non-profit policy institute dedicated to the study of Central and Eastern Europe with offices in Washington and Warsaw. CEPA’s mission is to promote an economically vibrant, strategically secure and politically free Central and Eastern Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States.
Annamária holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Corvinus University Budapest (Budapest, Hungary) and she is now pursuing graduate studies in International Security and Defense Policy at the National University of Public Service (Budapest, Hungary). She also spent a semester as an exchange student at Dublin City University (Dublin, Ireland). Throughout her university studies, Annamária aimed to supplement her theoretical knowledge with practical experience, so she interned at the Protocol Section of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, and she was a research assistant at the Kopint-Tárki Institute for Economic Research (Budapest, Hungary), among others.
Prior to her internship, Annamária was a research intern at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, Hungary, focusing on the national security strategy of the U.S. supervised by leading Hungarian experts on the topic. Annamária is interested in the American political system and the foreign and defense policy of the U.S. She is fluent in English and speaks French on an intermediate level.
“In order to be an authentic researcher of a certain region, it is inevitable to gain direct experience there, thus being an intern in Washington DC will contribute tremendously to my future goal of pursuing a career in the field of international security. Not only this opportunity will prepare me for my chosen career ahead, but it will also benefit me on a personal level, to become more perceptive to various viewpoints and perspectives.”
Through assignments to think tanks and non-government organizations, Coalition Internship Program participants learn about the workings of both the U.S. government and the non-profit world. Their experience helps them establish contacts in the U.S. in their chosen field, and motivates them to enter public service in their country of origin.